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post #740 of Old 06-26-2013
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I found a vendor on eBay who sells cut-offs from large rolls of Sunbrella. I got the tan (wheat) Sunbrella I wanted for $8/yard. So, I'm in the process of making a dodger and bimini for the boat (frames were already there when I bouth the boat), and have some "extra" material, so I decided to do lifeline/pushpit covers. These are pool noodles that have been slit to fit over the rail, then cut to length. The ends have polyester cord sewn in so I can pull them closed (thus hiding the pool noodles) and there is velcro along the entire length of each pad. The pool noodles were $1 each at the dollar store, and I think I used 6 of those ($6). I used somewhere between 1 and 2 yards of material, so we'll call it $16. The Velcro was bought on eBay (it's probably not name-brand Velcro) for about $10 (including shipping), and I used good thread that I got from Sailrite ($9 for the entire spool, which I'm using for the other projects, too). So, for about $40, I have custom-made pads that go all around the cockpit. They make it MUCH more comfortable to lean against the rail than before.

I also made the sail cover as part of this process. That was about 5 yards of material ($40) plus twist-lock connectors ($15) and 2" wide velcro ($10) plus some heavy duty vinyl for chaff protection inside the cover ($15 remnant at Joanne's). So, for about $80, I have a custom-made sail cover.

I need to put something at the aft end of the cover to keep it tighter so it looks nicer...

- Jim
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